It’s Friday night and it’s all about the local experience. Tonight we’re branching away from the clubs and traditional bars to enjoy a relaxing evening in a forgotten secret. After hearing so many great stories about the Fountain Square area, it was hard to resist the temptation to see what this area was all about.
After taking a short drive north from the Greenwood area an experience was in the making. Once arriving to the outskirts of the downtown area, the energy was easily noticed. Lighted buildings, with an old school flare seemed to be reminiscent of something found in classic movies. The buildings in the area have a traditional mystic, and in the center of the square, is a fountain that gives the area its name. The environment is perfect for setting up an entertaining evening.
After circling the fountain it was clear that the entire area was interested in catering to the local clientele. There was plenty of free parking, which seems to more difficult to find in the nightlife experience. The sidewalks are clean and the pedestrians rang from the younger crowd to families looking to enjoy a nice meal at one of the local restaurants. After meeting up with a couple of friends, tonight was all about Indianapolis and the benefits that come with a great city.
A suggestion was made to visit a small local establishment that was founded by some individuals who were from the area. The venue was the Red Lion Grog House, and the first thing on the mind was a local beverage. Once entering the facility the host was not only professional and charismatic, but was also the owner and founder of the restaurant. After fully disclosing the wait time, he directed us to the bar area, where it was clear that locally brewed SunKing was fresh on tap. After enjoying a nice round of Cream Ale, it was time to enjoy some of the food which the other customers seemed to be enjoying so much.
Meatloaf was on the mind tonight, which came with a delicious side of freshly made fries. These were not the same fries found in fast food establishments. They had a level of authenticity to them that resembled something found at a Sunday dinner table, instead of a restaurant. They were simply delicious. After enjoying the fries, it seemed impossible that things could get any better, until the experience of the first bite into the meatloaf sandwich. After that initial taste, it was clear that there wasn’t going to be any leftovers remaining at the table upon our departure.
Once the meal was finished it was time for the bill to come. With an establishment as exquisite as this particular venue seemed to be, a sense of nervousness about the price settled in. After looking at the bill, it was obvious that this meal was well within the budget. Delicious fries, tasty meatloaf, SunKing on tap, in an establishment that can compete with any restaurant located in Indianapolis, the Read Lion Grog House is definitely an affordable local experience that everyone should enjoy.